Robert Morris University

Women’s Leadership & Mentorship Program

Challenge

Compared to our peers and colleges and universities nationwide, Robert Morris University was enrolling a disproportionately low number of female students.

Actions

The university launched the Women’s Leadership & Mentorship Program (WLMP) to provide academically talented women students leadership opportunities, enrichment and service activities, and professional experiences – including pairing students with mentor from among our faculty, staff, alumni, and Board of Trustees.

Twenty to 25 women enroll as freshmen each year in the program, and receive an academic scholarship to offset the cost of tuition. The WLMP also engages all members of the campus community through regular events that include seminars and expert speakers who promote opportunities for all women, including employees, and raise awareness of issues impact women in society.

Outcomes

Currently 43 students are enrolled in the program from the Classes of 2020 and 2021, who will go onto mentor incoming WLMP students as they matriculate. Overall, RMU enrolled a record number of women students in the incoming freshmen class in Fall 2017.

Contact

Dave Majka: [email protected]

Through the WLMP, Robert Morris University has committed to ensuring that women have the same opportunities to lead and excel that men have taken for granted for so long. If we succeed, we will build stronger communities, which is why I am joining the CEO Action for Inclusion pledge.

Dr. Chris Howard, President, Robert Morris University

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